Toronto FC suffered their first loss of the 2016 season on Sunday in Kansas City, falling 1-0 to Sporting KC at Children's Mercy Park. They now have two weeks to regroup before embarking on the next five-match away stretch before the home opener in May.
With four points through three matches, they have begun well. There can be some disappointment, given the circumstances that led to both the draw in New York and the loss in KC - one hopes that such decisions will balance out of the course of the year, as the saying goes, but for now, a little whingeing is acceptable.
That handball call, or the lack thereof, gave NYC a lead, from which TFC were able to come back, rescuing a point, and the non-call on Brad Davis' shove on Justin Morrow was disappointing, to say the least.
But still, there is plenty to crow about from a team that has shown itself to be a different beast, especially on the defensive end. That performance in KC, though unspectacular, provided a glimpse into an entirely more solid side, something that bodes well for the rest of the year.
And now, much of MLS breaks for the next phase of CONCACAF Qualification, which sees Canada twice face regional giants, Mexico, in a home-and-away series that could determined their fate. Any points from the two matches would be a huge step towards a place in the Hex; beyond that, well, we'll just have to wait and see.
Please leave your questions in the comments section below, where the always cheerful WTR staff will delve in, attempting to divine them to the best of our abilities - even if they do involve the murky world of MLS salary caps or roster regulations.
Has TFC's start been a surprise? Can they reach that eight-to-ten point threshold before returning home? Do any players deserve particular praise and/or criticism through three matches? And what lies ahead for Canada? Does the additions of Scott Arfield and Junior Hoilett give fans reason for optimism? Isn't it nice to see Iain Hume back in the squad? And wherefore art thou Jonathan Osorio?
46 000+ cheering on the National Team in Vancouver? Well that's something about which to smile.